How Soon After Donating Blood Would an HIV-Positive Person Be Notified
August 26, 2016
Blood donations are screened for several different infections that could be passed on to the recipient of the blood -- including HIV. If donated blood appears to have HIV or any other abnormality, the donor will be notified within a few weeks. This may be by letter or telephone. It will be necessary to be tested again to confirm that the first test done was accurate and not a false positive.
But making a blood donation is not a good way to get an HIV test. The American Red Cross and America's Blood Centers urge people who are concerned about their HIV status and those who may have undiagnosed HIV not to donate blood.
While the tests blood banks use are extremely sensitive, they cannot pick up very recent infections, so there remains a risk that HIV infected blood could be missed in tests and then be given to people requiring a blood transfusion -- resulting in an HIV infection.
If you need an HIV test, there are many other places you can get tested.
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